A House Pest Question

Asked April 14, 2016, 12:34 AM EDT

Our home has been invaded by a small flying insect that is grayish and looks like a moth. They have long wings and don't seem to present a danger. Their presence is annoying, and they get into everything, including food if you are not careful. Do you know what might be attracting them, and what can we do to get ride of them? These insects are located in all areas of the house. We have been living in this house for many years and never had this problem before. Your early response to this request will be appreciated. Thanks.

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2 Responses

Sounds like it could be Indian meal moth, a real nuisance but not entirely uncommon. It probably came in as eggs in dry food products, such as spices, pasta, flours, or cereal. Or in pet food or bird seed.

At any rate, look at the photos and read how to eliminate it on our website page: http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/indian-meal-moth

If this is not your moth, look some of the other "Pantry Pests" listed in "Problems" > "Insects" > Indoor. The solution is the same for most of them. Pesticides should not be used.


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